The Reel Queer Film Series at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center presents a free screening of Buddies on December 19th at 6:30pm. A talkback and dessert reception will follow.
Arthur J. Bressan, Jr. (Gay USA) created this indie masterpiece in 1985, which was the first feature length drama about AIDS. When 25 year-old gay yuppie David (David Schachter) volunteers to be a "buddy" to an AIDS patient, the gay community center assigns him to Robert (Geoff Edholm), a 32 year-old politically impassioned gay California gardener abandoned by his friends and lovers. Revolving around the confines of Robert's Manhattan hospital room, Bressan skillfully unfolds this devastating two-hander (the rest of the cast is only heard off-screen). As David gazes out at the piers and rooftops of Manhattan, we hear his deftly scripted diary entries in voiceover. And as David is changed by knowing Robert, so, too, are we. In the simplicity of the story and the elegance of its unfolding, Buddies achieves a rare perfection. It's a timeless portrayal of an entire era in gay history.
View the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zXLdkcEHCs0
This is a sober social event at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center. No alcohol will be served.
The Reel Queer Film Series is supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.